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The multi-disciplinary and broad domestic and international experience base of our team allows us to provide a strategic perspective to our evaluations and a competitive edge to you, our clients. Not only are our people highly trained but they also consist of professionals from many different fields who are themselves leaders in their areas of specialization. We value new and innovative ideas; and believe diversity brings positive benefits that will improve and strengthen our and our clients’ business. Below are the core individuals that form H2O Capital.

Mr. Hew Chai Kee, Chairman
Hew Chai Kee is a successful entrepreneur who took the helms of the Hew Kiaw Group of Companies in Perak at the age of 25 in 1955, after joining the group in 1953. With much determination and hard work, he grew the organization into what is known today as the Hew Chai Kee & Brothers Enterprise Sdn Bhd, which included several tin mines, plantations and housing development under its fold.

Hew is highly respected in the Perak mining community, having served as the Honorary Secretary, and then as its Vice-President and eventually President, of the Perak Chinese Mining Association from 1959 to 1972. Between 1973 through 1974, he was the Vice-Chairman and then Chairman of the Malayan Council of Employers' Organization. During this period, he was also an Executive Member of the Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

In recognition of his drive and ability, he was elected Adviser to the Malaysian Delegation to the International Tin Council Conference held in Bangkok in 1962. In 1965, he was the Malaysian Employers' representative to the International Labor Organization - Asian Regional Seminar on Labor Management Relations held in Kandy, Sri Lanka. In 1970, he was appointed the Employers' Adviser to the I.L.O. Conference in Geneva. Subsequently, from 1971 to 1972, he became Adviser to the Malaysian Delegation at the ITC Conference held in Lagos, London and Jakarta.

His services to the public were duly recognized by the State when the Sultan of Perak made him Justice of the Peace (JP) in 1979, and by the country when His Majesty the King of Malaysia bestowed on him the title of Ahli Mangku Negara (AMN) in 1980 and yet again by the Sultan of Perak in 1987 with the Darjah Paduka Mahkota Perak (PMP). A 'Sijil Penghargaan Kerajaan Malaysia' commendation was also received from the Pengarah Gerakan Negara Malaysia.

Hew is a graduate of the prestigious Chung Ling High School in Penang, and the St. Michael's Institution in Ipoh, Perak.
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Theo Bark has been appointed as the Chairman of the Bank of Nova Scotia Berhad in Malaysia since 2013. In addition he holds a non-executive directorship in DKIB, a Turkish privately owned bank in Kyrgyzstan since 2006. Until mid 2015, he was also the non-executive director of Demir Halk Bank B.V. and HCBG Holdings B.V. both of which are in the Netherlands. Theo relinquished these two positions due to statutory and regulatory considerations. Both entities are part of the same business group that owns DKIB in Kyrgyzstan.

A major part of Theo's career was with ABN Amro Bank Group in the Netherlands, where he served in senior positions until 2002. At ABN Amro, Theo held various (regional) executive positions in the Far East including Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Furthermore, he was regionally in charge of ABN Amro's operations in Saudi Arabia and a number of Middle Eastern countries. As member of the North American senior management team, prior to his last assignment as Regional Manager based in Malaysia selling a number of country operations in Asia and the Middle East, Theo was in charge of Canada and Mexico. Since leaving ABN Amro Bank Group in 2002, Theo has held various financial advisory assignments in Canada, UAE, the Netherlands and Malaysia.

In 2009, Theo was appointed as the country representative of the Larive operations in Malaysia spearheading all activities in Malaysia. Larive is a Dutch based financial consultancy group which operates in 25 countries including 10 countries in the Far East. Theo was instrumental in structuring the alliance between Larive and H2O Capital in which H2O Capital was made the sole business partner to Larive for the Malaysian market.

Theo received his HBS (College) degree in the Netherland as well as a 2 year diploma from the Dutch Banking Institute and have attended senior management and marketing courses with the Sophia University in Tokyo; INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France; Stanford-NUS in Singapore and the London Business School in London.
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Mr. Tham Yit Jin, Executive Director
Yit Jin has over 15 years of banking experience, which includes credit and marketing, special assets loan structuring and management, commercial and small business banking and off-shore banking. He started his career with OCBC Bank (M) Berhad, where he was awarded the Special Chairman’s Award for work excellence performance during his tenure. Yit Jin also has off-shore banking experience from his stint with the Labuan-based Sumitomo-Mitsui Banking Corporation (Kuala Lumpur office), where he was primarily involved in syndication and structured finance. Yit Jin has been with H2O Capital since 2010 years and has been involved in private equity deals, structuring of equity and debt instruments, market surveys and market research and the restructuring of companies.

Yit Jin is a graduate from the Western Michigan University, with a B.A in Finance (Magna Cum Laude). He also possesses a post-graduate Master in Business Administration from Staffordshire University.
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Mr. Cyril T. H. Hew, Non-Executive Director
Cyril, who is a veteran in the financial arena, with over 20 years of international financial experience in the areas of risk management, transactional banking services, capital markets, venture capital, fund management and treasury instruments, is a Non-Executive Director of H2O Capital.

The numerous senior positions in leading international financial institutions held by Cyril include Vice President and Head of Transaction Banking for Citibank Malaysia, First Vice President and Head of Product Development & Sales for the OCBC Group of Malaysia, and Group Vice President and Head of Public Sector GTS Sales of Asia-Pacific for ABN Amro Bank NV.
Cyril is a graduate of Queen's University in Canada. He has also attended the Senior Executive Program from the Columbia University, New York and the Executive Development Program from The Wharton School of Finance, University of Pennsylvania. He is on the list of interviewers of Columbia University for their prestigious School of Business.
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Mr. Lim Kar Seang, Senior Advisor
Lim Kar Seang has been a seasoned professional Banker with more than 35 years experience in the field of Banking, Finance and Management Consultancy, in which his core competency is in the area of Credit Management.

His track record included holding the position of Head of Credit Risk Management / Vice-President with Citibank, Malaysia, where he was directly responsible for loans approval, high quality risk assets, credit policy formulation, effective credit appraisal, deals structuring innovation and development of product lending programs. He also sat on Citibank’s Senior Management Committee, which determined the Bank’s overall strategic direction including corporate development, business goals and organizational planning.

After 25 years with Citibank, he accepted the appointment of General Manager / Acting CEO with Malaysia Credit Finance Bhd., where he worked closely with Bank Negara in successfully rehabilitating and turning around the then ailing financial institution. Following the above appointment, he was then recruited by Hong Leong Bank Bhd as its General Manager to set up and oversee its new Credit Management Division, where the assignment had included the development of the Bank’s credit infrastructure, installing healthy lending practices, enhancing credit evaluation skills and remedial management capabilities. His job responsibility also encompassed the overall credit supervision of the Bank’s total loan portfolio which covered the ASEAN region, especially Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Thailand.

He is currently the Managing Principal Consultant for Claymore Management Sdn. Bhd., where he has been providing consultancy and corporate advisory services to financial institutions and companies.

He holds the ACIB, London (Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers – London), and the AIBM-Sr. (Senior Associate of the Institute of Bankers, Malaysia).
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MR. Terence Leong, Senior Advisor
Prior to joining H2O Capital, Terence was the Head of Credit & Risk Management Unit of Citibank Bhd, an organization he served for more than 30 years. His experience in this area includes implementation and formulation of both credit & operational policies, in order to comply with local Central Bank as well as the corporation’s institutional lending guidelines. He is also highly experienced in the areas of business and risk management advisory, ranging from financial matters to business strategies, marketing and portfolio management. His last assignment in this area also includes the implementation of a entirely new credit risk management cum central liability system for the entire bank.

Terence has also been in various operation, finance and marketing fields during his 30 + years with Citibank Bhd. These includes an assignment in retail banking before being assigned as one of the Head of Remedial Management Unit to help clean up the bank’s non-target market names and non performing credits. He was also Head of Middle Market & Small Business Unit for several years.
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MS. Zhan Jin Hui, Manager
Zhan has been in the banking fraternity for over 5 years, with most of those years at the Agricultural Bank of China. Her area of expertise has been predominately at the front line and cash management services. Her knowledge in these areas spans from client services to the operations of these products within these sectors of the Bank.

In 2010, Zhan joined H2O Capital where she assisted with the set up of various controls and processes along with the core group of shareholders of H2O Capital. She currently manages the Special Projects of H2O Capital as its Manager.
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Mr. Eddie Wong Tak Shing, Executive Director
Eddie Wong, a successful entrepreneur with established businesses around China and Hong Kong, is the point person and originator of deals for H2O Capital in the North Asian Region. Eddie joins the company with over 33 years of experience in the running of his own group of companies in China and Hong Kong; while all the while assisting a wider network of companies in multitudes of financial re-engineering activities in turning businesses around. Eddie is highly skilled in the areas of corporate advisory, balance sheet management, financial engineering and trade services.
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Mr. Johnnie Tan, Associate Director

Johnnie is based in China and brings with him 20 years of vast experience in operations and servicing clients across many different industries and disciplines but with a specialization in hospitality, manufacturing and trading businesses. Johnnie’s exposure in the region covers Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong and China. Johnnie is an associated director of H2O and is a key member in terms of deal origination and client servicing within the Greater China area.

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Mr. Patrick Yung, Associate Director

Patrick is based in China and has been operating within the Greater China area for over 35 years. He has mainly been involved within the fields of manufacturing, trading and property development covering countries within the Greater China area. His involvement in these fields have centered on areas of planning, structuring and operational efficiencies in obtaining the optimum level and structures for companies. Patrick is an associated director of H2O Capital and is a core member in deal origination and client servicing for clients in the Greater China area.

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Mr. Terrence Chee, Executive Director

Terrence brings with him more than 24 years of experience in trustee and custodial work, investment and pension fund management services, wealth management and financial advisory services. He has held various senior positions at: British & Malayan Trustees Limited,a Singapore public listed company that provides trustee services to both individual and institutional clients, where he was the CEO. Russell Investment Group (Singapore),a pension fund and GLC investment consultant, where he was a Director. Superfund Financial (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a CTA fund where he was its South Asia MD. And other senior positions at AIG International Funds, ABN AMRO Asset Management, Jardine Fleming Investment Management.

He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration (Honours). He is a guest lecturer at the Singapore Management University (SMU), and Entrepreneur's Resource Centre (ERC). He is a full member of the Singapore Institute of Directors.

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Mr. Ben Lim Choon Kee, Senior Advisor

Ben Lim is the Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of GEMS Capital Pte Ltd. and has over 14 years of working experience in both quantitative and traditional equity portfolio management. Between 1988 and 1994 in Los Angeles, he worked with renowned quantitative scientist, Richard W. Roll and Stephen A. Ross, at Roll & Ross Asset Management (RRAM). He was a portfolio manager at RRAM with responsibility for the management of both US and international equity portfolios and the software development of the Arbitrage Pricing Theory (APT) optimization programs.

Upon returning to Singapore in 1994, Ben Lim joined Overseas Union Bank Asset Management. He was in charge of the Investment Research department and also managed portfolios that invested in US, Asian and European equities. In 1997, he served as the Chief Operating Officer of PT Amsteel Asset Management in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was responsible for all business operations there. Ben Lim then joined Citibank Singapore as an investment manager in 1998.

He obtained his Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Mississippi and his Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Ohio University, Ohio, USA.

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